Fish Consumption in the First 1000 Days for increased Protein Intake and Improved Nutrition

Bangladesh has chronic levels of undernutrition which most dramatically effect pregnant women and children. The project, “Fish consumption in the first 1,000 days for increased protein intake and improved nutrition,” aims to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and infants 6-23 months of age in Bangladesh through the provision of nutritious foods products made from common, locally available ingredients. The project has two main activities: (a) production of the two fish-based food products and then provision to approximately 300 women and children for a 12 month period; and (b) development of an education and social marketing campaign to generate local awareness of and demand for nutritious fish-based food products.

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)

WorldFish, USAID and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) have come together to support the country’s coastal fishing communities and improve food security through research-led fisheries management initiatives. The project seeks to strengthen the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments using sustainable best practices and to mitigate the adverse affects of climate change. It will work closely with small-scale artisanal catch fisheries that target hilsa shad, the national fish of Bangladesh. Hilsa stocks have been hit hard by habitat degradation and have suffered from overfishing. This project aims to boost the resilience of those communities who rely on hilsa for their livelihoods.

Improving Youth Employment in Aswan, Egypt

This three-year project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and led by CARE, aims to increase youth employment in areas of Egypt badly hurt by the down-turn in tourism. WorldFish will deliver the fisheries and aquaculture components of the project including support for the development of aquaculture, value addition for fisheries products and improved fisheries management in Lake Nasser. The project will establish an Agriculture Support Center covering a range of fish, livestock and horticultural value chains creating 2500 jobs for women and youth in this area of high unemployment.

Harnessing Aquatic Agricultural Systems for Livelihoods and Nutrition Security in Zambia

This project aims to improve food and nutrition security, incomes and health for the poorest households in Zambia’s Northern Province, with a particular focus on women. Through the generation of evidence, the project seeks to identify agricultural technologies and livelihood-enhancing solutions that can create economic growth and greater food productivity. It will also focus on utilizing newly developed biofortified food crops, fish and forest foods to improve nutrition.

Improving Food Security and Reducing Poverty through Fish Trade in sub-Saharan Africa

The project seeks to improve sub-Saharan food security through the promotion of trade in fish and fish products within the region and beyond. It aims to strengthen the capacities of regional and pan-African organizations to integrate intra-regional fish trade into their development and food security policy plans. It will build a knowledge base of the structure, products and value of intra-regional fish trade and formulate recommendations on policies, certification procedures, standards and regulations. The project will prioritize how the private sector and women can become more engaged in trade opportunities.

Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector (IEIDEAS)

Egypt has a well-established aquaculture industry that has the potential to have a greater impact on the country’s persistently high unemployment and endemic poverty rates through greater efficiencies and productivity. Aquaculture in Egypt now provides more than 100,000 full or part‐time jobs along the value chain and supports the livelihoods of up to one million people. With funding from the Swiss Government (SDC) and in collaboration with CARE Egypt, Improving employment and incomes through development of Egypt’s aquaculture sector project (IEIDEAS) aims to make a positive impact on communities in Upper Egypt through the introduction of improved tilapia strains with greater yields, training of small-scale aquaculture businesses in best management practices, and improving conditions for women fish retailers. Investment is targeted at key areas of production and retailing with the aim of boosting employment, especially for women. The project also works at a national level to influence policy and bolster Egypt’s ability to manage change.

Community theatre inspires women fish retailers in Egypt

Exposed to the intense Egyptian sun, a woman sits by the side of a dirt road selling freshly harvested tilapia from a local fish farm. Tired after rising at dawn to buy her produce, she is approached by a man who demands that she pay him a fee for her roadside stall or he’ll force her to sell elsewhere. She protests, but with no work license or union support there is little she can do. Their exchange escalates and the man upturns her icebox in anger, spilling her fish across the road.


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